Division of Student Affairs
Project Mosaic: Diversity Day
Experience the Uniqueness of BGSU
Many of us might not have the opportunity to experience and appreciate the diversity of the BGSU campus community unless we stop and recognize the uniqueness of people we encounter each day. The Office of Multicultural Affairs created a diversity event to help us note of and celebrate the diversity in the BGSU community. September 30, 2010 marked the inaugural celebration of Project Mosaic: Diversity Day at BGSU. This diversity celebration and video project attracted more than 400 students, faculty and staff to participate and sign the pledge for diversity.
By signing the pledge for diversity, participants promised to support the BGSU core value of respect for one another, which involves acknowledging the rights, needs, inherent worth, and dignity of others. The key to valuing diversity is to appreciate both differences and similarities among people.
At the celebration, volunteers recorded diversity “I am” statements describing their personal diversity. Students, faculty and staff members represented themselves and celebrated their individuality by making their voices heard in support of diversity. Students shared that the project has the power to get people thinking seriously about what makes them unique. Others confirmed that it gives people an opportunity to personalize their own diversity and that the University is trying to demonstrate there are multiple ways that diversity exists, beyond our first thoughts of ethnicity and gender. The Project Mosaic Diversity video was made possible with four talented BGSU visual communications students and the financial support of the Falcon Parent and Family Association Student Success Award.
Please use the hyperlink to view the Project Mosaic video.
This project was so successful we are doing it again! Please plan to join us on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 as we celebrate diversity with the 2012 Project Mosaic Day. The second annual Mosaic celebration provides an opportunity to experience diversity through interactive activities and in-depth discussions. Cultural music, various performances, ethnic foods, and diversity education workshops will be presented throughout the day. Adding to the excitement, a Target grant is funding six $500 scholarships, which will be awarded to students participating in the 2012 program.